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Australia Day Awards

The 2022 Australia Day will be held on Wednesday, 26 January 2022 at the Athenium Theatre. Formalities will commence at 9:30am.

Important Note: Due to COVID-19, restrictions on attendance numbers may apply, thus tickets will need to be obtained. Tickets will be free and once released will be available through the Athenium Theatre website www.atheniumtheatre.com

Australia Day Awards

Australia Day Awards are celebrated on January 26 each year following nominations from the community in the following categories:

  • Citizen of the Year – A person 26 years of age or over who has given conspicuous service to an organisation or the community generally, or to specific causes.
  • Young Citizen of the Year – The criteria is the same as for Citizen of the Year, however the person nominated must be under 25 years of age as at 1 January 2021. Of necessity, the emphasis need not be on longstanding contributions. Consideration will also be given to acts of compassion, generosity, bravery, etc.
  • Sports Award – These awards recognise outstanding achievement in sporting performance, at local, regional, state, national or international levels. An individual 19 years or older on 26 January 2020 or a team may be nominated.
  • Junior Sports Award – As for the Sports Award, but for persons aged 18 years or under as of 1 January 2021.
  • Volunteer Team of the Year – A team of volunteers who have worked together on a common project or program (must be an autonomous group, not part of a larger group).

To make a nomination, please download the form for 2022 Australia Day Nominations. Nominations close at 4:00pm on Friday, 10 December 2021.

Australia Day Colouring Competition

Prizes for the winners in each category:

Sheets available from Junee Shire Council, Junee Library and the Junee Recreation & Aquatic Centre. Return completed sheets to Junee Shire Council by Friday, 14 January, 2022. Winners will be advised by phone and announced at the Autralia Day Official Ceremony.

Australia Day Jail Break Fun Run
The annual Australia Day “Jail Break” Fun Run will be held on Wednesday, 26 January 2022 starting at 7.30am, following a basically flat 3.2km course between the entry to the Junee Correctional Centre and the Junee Junction Recreation & Aquatic Centre. ENTRY IS FREE. To register, please download the form or pick up a hard copy from Junee Council or the Junee Recreation Centre.

Australia Day Award Winners

Year Citizen of the Year Young Citizen of the Year Sports Award Junior Sports Award Volunteer Team of the Year
2002  Margaret Schubach  Phillip Kearins Jnr  Peter Hill
2003  Keith Hargraves  Grant Higginson  Stephen Guthrie  Michael Dobson
2004  John Higginson  Sophie Cooper  Martin Holmes Samuel Clune
2005  David Carter  Phillipa Nell  Daniel Halliburton  Simon Drum
2006  Robin Cuttle  Rebecca Spink  John Clune  Andrew Heffernan
2007  Martin Honner  Joshua Bennett  Paul McCarthy  St Joseph’s Primary School Rugby League Team 2006
2008  John Strudwick  Megan Callow  Nathan Jacobson  Junee High School Open Rugby League Football Team
2009  Edward (Ted) Drum  Joshua Whitty  Elise Smith
2010  Dennis Sullivan  Adam Jacobson  Noel Lawson  Xenia Brookes
2011  Eileen Thomas  Alana Jacobson  Sonia Commins  Billie-Rose Deacon
2012  Patrick Foley  Jade Belling  Bryan Furse  Sean Smith
2013  Estella Hyde  Aiden Higginson  Julie Shepherd  Cameron Hands
2014  Adrian Eisenhauer  Georgia Logan  Dominic Shepherd  Tamsyn Scott
2015  Darby Asmus
2016  Harry Thompson  Jackson Bennett  Tristen Ross  Abbey Field  Roundhouse Museum
2017  Norm Bray  Nastarsha Miller  Junee Men’s Bowling Club Grade 6 Pennant Team  Hayley Hackett  Phil & Lola Cummins – Schoolboys Football Carnival
2018  Jackie Starr  Zyon Shepherd  Brooke Harpley  Junee Community Transport Volunteer Drivers
2019  Julie Shepherd  Mae-Rose Harrison  Junee Men’s Bowling Club Grade 4 Pennant Team  Jaxson Allen  Junee Community Power Inc.
2020  Maria Turner  Harrison Fahy  Cameron Hart  Ellouise Drew  Old Junee Hall & Progress Association
2021  John Foord  Oliver Phillips  Steve Gentle  Bailey Willis  Junee Business and Trades